Carbon Dioxide Laser
Laser surgery in veterinary medicine has become a very important surgical tool. The benefits to both patient and surgeon are significant. While several types of lasers are used for different applications, the primary device for soft tissue surgery in veterinary practices is a Carbon Dioxide Laser.
The benefits of laser surgery include:
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.
There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical area, eliminating the tearing and bruising of soft tissue that can be associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.
The CO2 beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. The laser energy achieves hemostasis therefore providing the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.
Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.
The beam direction and power can be controlled precisely to remove thin layers of tissue and produce minimal side effects on the surrounding healthy tissue.